A Father’s Hands

If a son asks for bread, will he be given a stone?…

June 16th, 2019

Happy Father’s Day men! Happy Father’s Day dad! Happy Father’s Day Lord!

I pray every man out there that is a father has a wonderful day today. Most importantly that they realize the importance of their role in the lives of their children and their family. We have a great responsibility for the task we have been appointed to, but we also have an amazing example from whom we can pattern the architecture of our lives from. This can have a lasting impact in lives, beyond our immediate family, to the world around us.

Happy Father’s Day!

The Lord took my dad home several years ago. An aggressive cancer which appears to have started from a small spot on his lung, seemingly overnight metastasized into his bloodstream and in days his entire body was wracked with the plague and the counting of days began.

He was a giant of a man with a heart that was big enough to power three men of his stature. To see him in a weakened condition was difficult for his family to endure, because this man had demonstrated the selfless, loving hands of a father who was willing to forego anything to help his family, his community, his church, his God and anyone he saw in need.

Yes, he sounds perfect and, in many respects, he was, but he too was flawed and acknowledge the fact that despite everything, he and everyone that walks this earth is imperfect, except the one who came to save us. The one who came to introduce us to a personal relationship with THE Father!

It wasn’t long after the news of dad’s affliction, that we all found ourselves gathered around his bedside. Praying for and comforting the man who had comforted all of us with those big rough but gentle hands.

Our farm house had a living room and a sitting room off to the east of the living room. Hospice had provided a hospital bed which had been placed in the sitting room so dad could see out the front windows of the house to the Amish community we lived in.

We waited with him and showered him with the very love he’d given us. Soon thereafter, our father relaxed and went to be with OUR Father, to wait for us, to come to them both.

Our Father

Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored, may your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:9b-10 (NET)

As big of an image as my dad drew on the canvas of our lives, he didn‘t do so to elevate himself. It was obvious that he was a child, just as each of his children were, attempting to draw the best imitation of the Father he loved.

Through his life, punctuated by his passing, he demonstrated to each of us kids, just what it means to be loved by a father and to flourish in the love of The Father.

The righteous person behaves in integrity; blessed are his children after him.

Proverbs 20:7 (NET)

Men, we all need to be righteous examples of Our Father, so as to cast the blessings imparted to us by Our Father to our children, our spouses, our world.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers.

For he knows what we are made of; he realizes we are made of clay.

A person‘s life is like grass. Like a flower in the field it flourishes, but when the hot wind blows by, it disappears, and one can no longer even spot the place where it once grew.

But the Lord continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers, and is faithful to their descendants, to those who keep his covenant, who are careful to obey his commands.

Psalms 103:13-18 (NET)

Our role is not to only to accomplish the raising of children into adulthood. That passage takes place without our assistance. The critical role of a father is to do what Our Father has done for us. Pass on the essential lessons imparted to us by God who is the perfect example of his design for us.

We recognize that today is today and that we are as dust, from where we came. The difference isn’t who we are is it what we do in this short time we have to convey from one generation to the next what God desires we share with everyone. We do that most effectively when that mission begins in our homes with our children, with our families, with our wives.

Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word, so that he may present the church to himself as glorious – not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.

Ephesians 5:25-27 (NET)

 If we are going to meet this standard of excellence, it means more than being willing to give our lives for our families. It means extending forgiveness preemptively, just as Christ Jesus forgave us who were outside of his grace before we acknowledged him. He did this so we might become his Bride, the Church, and adopted into God’s family. We must be ready to proactively forgiving the transgressions of everyone around us, this begins in our homes.

This is acutely true of our spouses and our children.

Forgiveness isn’t easy

It’s not an easy task to follow the example God gave us for forgiveness. It’s not simple at all.

For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 (NET)

Think about it guys, and you ladies too, God loved us so much, despite our betrayal of his benevolent nature, He was willing to architect a means by which we could see the restoration of the relationship he intended for us from before the beginning of time. So much so, that if it cost him his own son’s life, that was a worthy expenditure of his love.

God our Father is different from us in one key respect as fathers with our children. When God sent his son to die for us, he was in fact placing himself on the line for us, because God the Father and God the Son are one. And because of his willingness to do this for us, God the Spirit can live in each of us.

This was The Fathers roadmap to an everlasting relationship with us.

But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God‘s children – children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.

John 1:12-13 (NET)

This Father’s Day, while the world would seek to make it all about King Dad, we should always keep in mind it is really all about Our Father, who is the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lord’s. No other before him, no other beside him. Our standard for our conduct and behavior in our homes, our communities, our churches and our world.

Do so with the gentleness and love of “A Father’s Hands”.

In the Grace of Jesus!
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